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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 129
Fresh: 102 | Rotten: 27

Dazzlingly colorful and frenetic, Madagascar 3 is silly enough for young kids, but boasts enough surprising smarts to engage parents along the way.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 12

Dazzlingly colorful and frenetic, Madagascar 3 is silly enough for young kids, but boasts enough surprising smarts to engage parents along the way.



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Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style. -- (C) Dreamworks

Oct 16, 2012


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This is that rare thing: a franchise that grows more winning with each instalment.

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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From time to time the improbable occurs: A sequel outdoes its original.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (7)
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The screenplay, by Eric Darnell and Noah Baumbach, churns out the snappy witticisms with admirable creative gusto, but it whizzes along at such a frenetic pace that you'll probably miss half of them.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comments (11)
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A fun and fast family entertainment.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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The clever lines and themes of friendship and finding home are almost completely overwhelmed here by the breathless pace and sensory overload...

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (4)
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What might be barely tolerable in a seven-minute short gave me the biggest headache since "Transformers: Dark of the Moon.''

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (19)
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Fans of the original and its familial sequel will love this colorful, vibrant excursion through Europe.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

For a frantic, action-packed 80-odd minutes, it seldom puts a foot, paw or cloven hoof wrong.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted may arrive with low expectations, but it's a pleasant surprise, sending its character barrelling across continents for a zippy, engaging 90-minute adventure.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

A sugar high that inevitably fades with time.

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Sheer manic animated anarchy... It's as if the cool, smooth nonsense of the penguins' outrageous schemes -- yes, they're back too -- were allowed to take over the entire film...

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

The first-class 3D animation is better than the cliche-ridden script.

October 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Instead of developing the characters or situations for comedy gold, the filmmakers instead just crank up the chaos. So while some scenes are both funny and visually impressive, this second sequel is simply too inane.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source:

Hugely entertaining, ferociously funny.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

This is animation that never just goes through the motions but glories in its feats and so, almost certainly, will you.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It may lack a little in charm and warmth, but the technical brilliance and decent use of 3D go some way towards compensating for the dimensions that the film otherwise lacks.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It is a disarmingly daft, anarchic romp that should leave younger children screaming with delight.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The action zips along, the visuals dazzle and the gags zing. The best in the series so far.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Eye-popping and bounding with energy, this is fun for audiences of all ages.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Here is a family movie from which absolutely nothing is expected, and yet it's one of the week's best releases: a muscular, potent and very funny film.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

You don't have to be a child of four to enjoy this series, but it helps.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

"The best of the Madagascar films" might not be the most ringing endorsement ever committed to newsprint, but DreamWorks Animation has finally found the franchise's groove in this pyrotechnic third instalment.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Easily the best film of the franchise so far, thanks to a witty script, colourful new characters, lively animation, inspired direction and some impressive 3D work, not to mention some exceptional comic timing.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

It's good to see that with a decent, fast-paced plot and some witty lines, the quality and entertainment value of the films has been maintained.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

It's a riotous circus you'd happily run away to.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
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Audience Reviews for Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Like most sequels, starts with fireworks but inevitably visels out!
June 9, 2014
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My immediate reaction to Madagascar 3 was 'Was this written by a 7 year old'?. The answer is no, it was written by Noah Baumbach! Double-u tee haitch! The story was awful. The laughs came few and far between and weren't all that funny. The only thing I enjoyed was Martin Short's Stefano. It felt like a vehicle for a video game more than anything and a lazy 3rd 'people will go see it whether it's good or not' cash in.
May 13, 2013

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Wonderful, adventure and lots of laugh in this third animation film of four animals.
It starts as it means to go on: with scant regard for anything approaching logic, as our four heroes - having finally made it all the way to Africa - quickly decide that they're utterly bored with life on the savannah. Dreaming of refuge back at the zoo in Central Park, they head for Europe. A movie that was concerned with plot holes or "reality" would spend ages trying to figure out how to get these four talking animals from Africa to Europe. Madagascar 3's three directors know that because they're talking animals, anything toes, and so simply cuts to them washing up on the shores of Monte Carlo. The solution? Snorkels. Well, of course.
It sets the pace for what's to come. Which is, in short, deliciously bonkers. In quick succession, the team reunite with the sardonic Skipper (co-director Tom McGrath) and his magnificently twisted penguins, clean out a casino, and find themselves pursued by the series' first human antagonist, Frances McDormand's French animal control inspector, Chantal DuBois. An unstoppable Terminatrix who's desperate to put Alex's head on her wall of furry fame, DuBois is a hilarious - if not entirely politically correct - creation, and is often the source of the film's best jokes, whether it's her unflappability and Matrix-like reactions in the insane Monte Carlo car chase (the car, of course, being driven by the penguins), or a slew of great sight gags as the action moves to Italy and she outwits a succession of bumbling local polizia.
As our heroes elude DuBois by joining a ramshackle travelling circus peopled - or should that be animated? - by deadbeat rejects desperate to recapture past glories, the pace continues to zip along, and the new characters - including Bryan Cranston as a sinister tiger with hidden depths - blend well with the existing set. In fact, if anything, the original quartet are given short shrift during the second half of the movie, bar Stiller's Alex and Sacha Baron Cohen's demented lemur, King Julien XIII, who bags arguably the movie's funniest scenes as he embarks upon a beautiful and ill-considered inter-species love affair.
In many ways, that ever-so-slightly-wrong subplot is a perfect example of why Madagascar 3 is a movie that Pixar, for all it virtues, simply couldn't make. There are no wholesome message here, and any "be the best you can be" moments feel like half-hearted sops.
Instead, this is a gleefully joyous, zany and anarchic animation where the chief issue confronted is an old one that's gripped comedians from time immemorial: simply put, make 'em laugh. While it may blunder down the odd comedy cul-de-sac, Madagascar 3 is often inspired and very, very funny.
February 10, 2013
Dean McKenna

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After a horrific personal experience, I advise you all to remove Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted from your "want" lists.

Full review at on 11/23
November 24, 2012

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    1. Gia: Vitaly, i may not trust him either, but i'm tired of sitting, standing and rolling over.
    – Submitted by Niko Z (15 months ago)
    1. Maurice: Crazy woman gaining!
    – Submitted by Jarrod P (19 months ago)
    1. King Julien: I'm the first flying monkey!
    – Submitted by Matthew R (21 months ago)
    1. Stefano: I want to hug him too!
    – Submitted by Matthew R (22 months ago)
    1. Melman: I'm on a tightrope!
    – Submitted by YOU USED THE WRONG EMAIL ADDRESS S (22 months ago)
    1. Marty: You call this laying low?
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